Psalms 18

Psalms 18:1  
I love you, Yahweh, my strength.

Psalms 18:2  
Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

Psalms 18:3  
I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised; and I am saved from my enemies.

Psalms 18:4  
The cords of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Psalms 18:5  
The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.

Psalms 18:6  
In my distress I called on Yahweh, and cried to my God. He heard my voice out of his temple. My cry before him came into his ears.

Psalms 18:7  
Then the earth shook and trembled. The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because he was angry.

Psalms 18:8  
Smoke went out of his nostrils. Consuming fire came out of his mouth. Coals were kindled by it.

Psalms 18:9  
He bowed the heavens also, and came down. Thick darkness was under his feet.

Psalms 18:10  
He rode on a cherub, and flew. Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

Psalms 18:11  
He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Psalms 18:12  
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalms 18:13  
Yahweh also thundered in the sky. The Most High uttered his voice: hailstones and coals of fire.

Psalms 18:14  
He sent out his arrows, and scattered them. He routed them with great lightning bolts.

Psalms 18:15  
Then the channels of waters appeared. The foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, Yahweh, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

Psalms 18:16  
He sent from on high. He took me. He drew me out of many waters.

Psalms 18:17  
He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

Psalms 18:18  
They came on me in the day of my calamity, but Yahweh was my support.

Psalms 18:19  
He brought me out also into a large place. He delivered me, because he delighted in me.

Psalms 18:20  
Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands, he has recompensed me.

Psalms 18:21  
For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psalms 18:22  
For all his ordinances were before me. I didn’t put away his statutes from me.

Psalms 18:23  
I was also blameless with him. I kept myself from my iniquity.

Psalms 18:24  
Therefore Yahweh has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

Psalms 18:25  
With the merciful you will show yourself merciful. With the perfect man, you will show yourself perfect.

Psalms 18:26  
With the pure, you will show yourself pure. With the crooked you will show yourself shrewd.

Psalms 18:27  
For you will save the afflicted people, but the arrogant eyes you will bring down.

Psalms 18:28  
For you will light my lamp, Yahweh. My God will light up my darkness.

Psalms 18:29  
For by you, I advance through a troop. By my God, I leap over a wall.

Psalms 18:30  
As for God, his way is perfect. Yahweh’s word is tried. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.

Psalms 18:31  
For who is God, except Yahweh? Who is a rock, besides our God,

Psalms 18:32  
the God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect?

Psalms 18:33  
He makes my feet like deer’s feet, and sets me on my high places.

Psalms 18:34  
He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.

Psalms 18:35  
You have also given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand sustains me. Your gentleness has made me great.

Psalms 18:36  
You have enlarged my steps under me, My feet have not slipped.

Psalms 18:37  
I will pursue my enemies, and overtake them. I won’t turn away until they are consumed.

Psalms 18:38  
I will strike them through, so that they will not be able to rise. They shall fall under my feet.

Psalms 18:39  
For you have armed me with strength to the battle. You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Psalms 18:40  
You have also made my enemies turn their backs to me, that I might cut off those who hate me.

Psalms 18:41  
They cried, but there was no one to save; even to Yahweh, but he didn’t answer them.

Psalms 18:42  
Then I beat them small as the dust before the wind. I cast them out as the mire of the streets.

Psalms 18:43  
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You have made me the head of the nations. A people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psalms 18:44  
As soon as they hear of me they shall obey me. The foreigners shall submit themselves to me.

Psalms 18:45  
The foreigners shall fade away, and shall come trembling out of their strongholds.

Psalms 18:46  
Yahweh lives! Blessed be my rock. Exalted be the God of my salvation,

Psalms 18:47  
even the God who executes vengeance for me, and subdues peoples under me.

Psalms 18:48  
He rescues me from my enemies. Yes, you lift me up above those who rise up against me. You deliver me from the violent man.

Psalms 18:49  
Therefore I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations, and will sing praises to your name.

Psalms 18:50  
He gives great deliverance to his king, and shows loving kindness to his anointed, to David and to his offspring, forever more.

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